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Structural Concepts Corporation Selects Aras PLM Version 6

Actionable Metrics Support Product Innovation and Continuous Improvement

LAWRENCE, MASS. - October 18, 2004 - Aras Corporation, a provider of practical Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for performance driven manufacturers, today announced that Structural Concepts Corporation, a leading provider of innovative temperature controlled display cases for the food retailing and foodservice industries, has selected Aras ™ PLM - Version 6 - to provide visibility and actionable metrics for new product development and engineering change management.

"The growth in our business is a direct result of our innovation and focus on quality," indicated David Geerts, President and COO for Structural Concepts. "The Aras solution provides us with the ability to further accelerate the pace of our innovation and the visibility we need to target areas for continuous improvement."

Utilizing the latest lean manufacturing processes Structural Concepts delivers the most reliable refrigerated merchandising systems in the world. The company turned to Aras for a practical solution to manage, measure, and improve the product development and launch processes in support of their lean environment. The actionable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the Aras PLM business ready solution focus resources on value-added activities to achieve cycle-time reductions improving time to manufacturing. Benefits also include visual management of product development information for proactive decision making to improve quality.

"We are continuously increasing the rate of innovation and streamlining our engineering business operations, and Aras supports both objectives," said Viktor Anderson, Director of Engineering for Structural Concepts. "With Aras we found a practical solution that gives us insight into the performance of our product development operations we required."

"Structural Concepts' focus on profitable growth through innovation and continuous improvement is the mark of true leadership," Rick Lucier, CEO for Aras Corporation. "We look forward to helping Structural Concepts Corporation achieve continued competitive success now and into the future."

About Structural Concepts Corporation
Established in 1973, Structural Concepts has over 30 years of experience in designing and building innovative temperature controlled display cases. Structural Concepts provides foodservice, supermarket and convenient store operators with an extensive array of display products designed to merchandise bakery, deli, floral, grab and go products, produce and other specialty foods. Customers include Wal*Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, Hilton Hotels and numerous other recognized leaders in the food retailing and foodservice industries. For additional information visit

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation provides practical, affordable Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) business ready solutions for performance driven manufacturers. Visibility and actionable metrics focus resources on continuous improvement and value-added operations. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service oriented architecture that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily without programming delivering a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include CNT, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, and the U.S. Army. Aras is headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 794-7643 or visit